[last update: 05.26.2020]
Other Cadillac Models
Allante, Cimarron, Seville, etc.
For the time being you have access only to this title page (which is one step better than your being confronted with the message: "HTTP/1.0 Invalid Application Name").
To your advantage, nonetheless, while browsing the Web I found the following two sites which may well avoid my having to spend precious time on researching and writing about these two Cadillac models.
The Cadillac "Allante"
[ 1987 - 1993 ]
This is a private site, formed in 1994, "To Enhance Appreciation of the Cadillac Allanté Automobile". Well worth a visit! I have also added a few photos from my own collection on this page. The Cadillac "Catera"
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Some photos of these models are to be found in the Yearly Specifications section, under the appropriate year(s) The Cadillac "Cimarron"
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Some photos of these models are to be found in the Yearly Specifications section, under the appropriate year(s) The Cadillac "Seville"
[ 1975 up ]
This informative site was prepared most professionally by Rik Gruwez, a Belgian Cadillac enthusiast whom I was fortunate to meet, in his own country, in 1997. He and his charming wife Corry own quite a few superb, post-war Cadillacs which Rik restores and maintains mostly on his own. The Cadillac "Seville"
[ 1992-1997 ]
These pages were prepared by Lars-Ove, a Swedish Cadillac aficionado, in early 2000. It is linked also from his second (main) homepage: http://w1.853.telia.com/~u85308305/
Lars welcomes comments on his Seville pages.
Nota: some links take you to his other homepage and some links are still not operational.
Allante enthusiast, Scott Mumford, suggested that I add Bill Buschmann's name to the database. He writes: Bill was Cadillac's Executive in charge of production in Italy. He did all the work with Pininfarina. He now lives in Florida and tells great stories about the problems of getting things done in Italy. Like trying getting the Italian men to paint them pink for Mary Kay.
Scott also offered me some pictures from his Website [http://sys105.cebsbiller.com/allante - under
Orlando 2000]. He informs me also that the national Allanté club site is at this URL:
http://www.allante.org. There are about 2000 members, which is not bad at all for a car model with a total production of 21,432 units.
As you are aware, my interest and the onus of The (New) Cadillac Database© to date is primarily in Cadillacs up to 1970. Many sections relating to these earlier models still need to be completed before I become involved in what I call "late model Cadillacs", despite the fact that some of them already are thirty years old!
I am earnestly hoping that an enthusiast out there will research and write up his own historic account of the "baby" Cadillac Cimarron. Any volunteers?
Meanwhile, here are some comments on that particular "baby" Cadillac by friend and enthusiast Craig Seman of Charlotte, NC. These appeared in the Cadillac Mailing List (a chat room for Cadillac enthusiasts worldwide) in November 2002. I am sure Craig will not object to my giving him wider circulation:
Car and driver did a piece in the spring of 1988 comparing the Cimarron equipped with V6 5-speed and the special Delco-Bilstein handling package, with a similarly equipped BMW 3 series car and if I am not mistaken a Mercedes 190E. Of course the Mercedes won out over the three but it was an interesting comparison. Of course many guffaws were made over the Cimarron looking like a 4-door Cavalier (which it was) and the recent lineage (miserly 1.8liter engine and 4-speed manual when it debuted for 1982). The then 3 series BMW was not as refined as it became after the 1992 big redesign. Like the Allante, it was poorly executed at the beginning then done well at the end however reputations precede and it was killed off.
If I am not mistaken the Cimarron was originally conceived to be a slightly larger vehicle on the size of the N-cars (Skylark/Somerset/Calais/GrandAm) and have the V6 from the word go. A unique V6 was originally planned most likely a smaller version of the HT4100. However as the energy situation was
what is was in 1980 the car was switched to the J platform and unfortunately had to debut with the cobbled together equipment that appeared on the other J cars.
The Js were rather well equipped initially with many standard items hat had traditionally been optioned and GM priced them to reflect the level of equipment. Initial thoughts were that since these cars were going to compete with the small cars coming from Europe and Japan the competitors were generally well equipped and priced accordingly. However most domestic buyers were used to the legendary concept that a car starts out completely stripped with a very low price then everything is on the table and the buyer can 'customize' a car to how he/she feels.
David Link, another Cadillac enthusiast, writing on the CML, had this to say:
Actually the V-6 Cimarron was a pretty peppy little car. I drove a friend's which had the six mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The car would fry the tires off, as it was of course front-wheel drive and
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